Friday, May 31, 2013

Moving On

Wow, what a month this has been!  Tonight, we had our fourth 8th grader graduate from middle school, that means four grandchildren moving on to high school this fall!...

Congratulations to Joe, Emily, Keegan and Morgan!  This marks a big milestone for all of you and we are very proud.  May the next four years be the best years ever, may they give you time to grow into the person whom you want to take into the next level of your lives.  We are here to back you up and support you with all you need to be successful.

Awards and summer activities:
Joe:  Is moving from the only school he has ever attended, St. Martin's, to St. Pius where he will begin his high school experience.  At St. Martin's, for the second year in a row, Joe was selected the Most Valuable Player on the baseball team, which won its first championship in school history!   He finished strong academically and is very popular with his classmates and friends.  He is playing on two baseball teams over the summer and ready to be a team player for St. Pius, attending football workouts three mornings a week, football camp in late July, followed by practice to begin soon afterwards! 

Morgan is graduating 8th grade at Woodward.  She has been on the Honor Roll every semester there.  She will be a Counselor in Training at the Pine Lake Arts Camp.  She came in 2nd in the Southeastern Region in Rock Climbing, but will be taking a break from competitive climbing this summer (Though she will climb some outdoors for fun in Minnesota and around the South).  (Personally, I am hoping this will give some time for the three young Ya Ya's to have a few lazy days at Northcroft this summer!)

Emily:This morning, at Wesleyan's Awards Ceremony  Emily was recognized as one of the two outstanding artists in the middle school, and had one of her drawings unveiled and added to the School's permanent art collection.  She also received an award for her "quiet leadership in history studies".    

 She is swimming this summer on their country club's swimming team and will be a camp leader at Camp Issy and Emily for the third year in a row! .

Keegan:  Keeg had a successful ending to his career at middle school. He is headed for a strong academic finish the year, around a 3.7. He will play on the All Stars team for junior's baseball and plans to work at a baseball camp while he is in town this summer. He's really looking forward to Grayton and seeing his cousins!! ... (Aren't we all, Keeg!)  

Now, la piece de resistance: Our first High School Graduate!
Ford Gilman Croft
Graduated Magna Cum Laude, (with great distinction) 
 from Woodward Academy

Ford Croft's Woodward Accademy Graduation from Croft on Vimeo.

...a day we will not soon forget.

Ford graduated from Woodward and will be going to Georgia Tech in the honors program, where he plans to major in Industrial Engineering.   He finished his baseball career with a Varsity Letter!  He was on the "Golden Eagle" Honor Roll every semester at Woodward, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.  He was a national Merit Finalist.  This summer he will be lifeguarding at Georgia Tech, and working as a camp counselor for Bill Melvin's baseball camps.

Honorable mention:
Today, we attended  two award and and honors programs at The Wesleyan Schools.  Eighth grader, Emily's, as well as the high school awards.  It must be noted that Andrew was honored with the "Outstanding Male Sophomore" award and also achieved the Iron Wolf Award, for his sustained contributions to the school.

The following was read aloud before receiving this award...

The good work these kids are doing is mind-blowing, and this is only the tip of the iceberg...Aidan is doing incredibly well with his new love, the skateboard, and also in baseball.   Issy is headed for another championship with her cheerleading squad!  She leads a dynamite (and prosperous) summer camp with Emily this summer; and she was also beautiful tonight as an Acolyte for her brother's graduation service at St. Martins.

I know I write often about good news...but this is exceptional!  "To those that much is given, much is expected."  Great job parents, they are not falling far from the tree!  Continue to guide and love unconditionally and let's all commit to pray daily for these precious children that God has given us.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day

I am going off tomorrow to deliver special kisses and hugs to my mother.  I am so grateful for the privilege.  I am leaving my daughters, who are mothers, in the good hands of my grandchildren, where I am sure they will be honored for the superMoms that they are.  I am so proud of you all.  Proverbs 31:2
(and of course Keegan is 14!...almost the same day as Em!)
For Mike, Kate, Shannon and Ben (as well as Tom, Alan, Adrienne and Simon), you are the cream of the crop and it is a privilege to call you mine.

Happy Mother's Day my blessed Mama!  See you tomorrow!